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Ritter's attorney confirms arrest: TV station claims tape shows [Bush-hater] caught in sex sting
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, January 21, 2003 | By Sherrie Gossett

Posted on 01/20/2003 11:29:00 PM PST by JohnHuang2

An attorney for Scott Ritter confirmed that the outspoken former U.N. weapons inspector, who says President Bush should be impeached for his Iraq policy, was arrested a year and a half ago.


Scott Ritter mug shot (photo courtesy WNYT-TV)

Norah Murphy said Ritter was arrested in the upstate New York town of Colonie in June 2001, but she would not respond to allegations that he was charged with soliciting an underage girl on the Internet. Ritter lives in the Albany, N.Y., suburb of Delmar.

The Schenectady Daily Gazette and New York Daily News report Ritter allegedly had an online sexual discussion with someone he thought was an underage girl. The "girl," however, turned out to be an undercover police investigator, according to the Daily News, whose sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

Today, Colonie police Deputy Chief Steven Heider told WorldNetDaily that he cannot confirm the allegations, explaining that if they were true, the details would have been sealed by a court order.

"A sealing order is exactly what it says it is," he said. "We're not allowed to talk about anything under sealed court order, and I'm not saying that one exists."

However, WND has learned that NBC affiliate WNYT in Albany has news footage of Ritter being arrested. At the time the video was shot, the station was unaware the arrest was connected to Ritter, WNYT Executive Producer Beth Cohen told WND.

The station has a mug shot of Ritter along with the footage, said News Director Paul Conti.

"If it's not him, it's either his clone or a twin," said Conti.


Scott Ritter

The news director said the 16-year-old girl had been lured by Ritter to meet him at the Burger King restaurant in Menands, N.Y., in order "to have her watch him have sex with himself."

"Anyone who went to the Burger King that day could confirm the details of that event and report that a sting operation was underway that involved a decoy officer posing as a 16-year-old girl," Conti said.

Conti told WorldNetDaily that WNYT plans to continue airing their information. Footage of the arrest will be included in this evening's newscast, because it was acquired prior to the sealing order, he said.

Callers to today's Rush Limbaugh radio program brought up the issue of Ritter's arrest, to which the conservative talk host responded:

"If I were Scott Ritter, I would just come up with a 'Hey, I was just doing research here.' ... The Pete Townshend reply."

"You know we've all wondered," added Limbaugh, "why it is that Scott Ritter has done a 180 on what he originally saw as a weapons inspector and then the last couple years, it's like 'Nah, the Iraqis don't even have the capability to make a thumbtack, much less a chemical weapon.'"

Still, Limbaugh downplayed the incident.

"I'm surprised that this bothers anybody," he said. "I mean look at these reality TV shows out there, everything going on, 'Bachelorette,' 'Joe Millionaire' ... we had oral sex in the Oval Office ... I'm just surprised [at] the selective application of morality, that we seem to have certain things bother us and other things don't."

As WorldNetDaily reported Saturday, Ritter is calling for the ouster of President Bush for what he feels are unnecessary and murderous actions in the conflict with Iraq.

"I would be in favor of the impeachment of President Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors," the 41-year old former Marine told WND. "Murder is a high crime and misdemeanor, and I can't think of any better definition than murder when he talks about American service members and putting them in a war which is not only illegal but is based on a foundation of lies."

"When you go to war you open up a Pandora's box, the results of which cannot be predicted," he said via telephone as he drove from his upstate New York home to appear on Fox News. "Therefore, there better be a darned good reason to go to war. It's got to be worth the sacrifice that you're asking others to make."




TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: burgerking; ritter; scottritter; scottrittercase
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

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1 posted on 01/20/2003 11:29:00 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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2 posted on 01/20/2003 11:31:01 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Rid the country of the Clintons Donate $5 a month to Free Republic.)
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To: JohnHuang2
When you have a skeleton in your closet, you are the media's paid whore. Play ball with them or suffer the exposure.

Still, can you clarify the report that the Scott Ritter that was on the internet was NOT the SAME Scott Ritter who was the weapon's inspector. And if the guy diddling on the net was not THE Scott Ritter, how come the real one showed up for the date with the supposed 16 year old? How could he have known about it? I assume it was the REAL Scott Ritter that was arrested when he showed up for his "date."

3 posted on 01/20/2003 11:37:09 PM PST by patriciaruth (Air Assault!)
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To: JohnHuang2
The news director said the 16-year-old girl had been lured by Ritter to meet him at the Burger King restaurant in Menands, N.Y., in order "to have her watch him have sex with himself."

I guess that so many people told him go *bleep* himself that he decided to give it a try.

FReegards,
Slings and Arrows

4 posted on 01/20/2003 11:58:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Force=mass*acceleration: It's not just a good idea, it's the law.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Good morning and welcome back for the end of Scott Ritter and his BS!
5 posted on 01/21/2003 12:00:24 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
I saw a reference on FR that his co-author Pitt was also in some hot water over something.

Can you give me a synopsis of what that might be?
6 posted on 01/21/2003 12:13:58 AM PST by D-fendr
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http://www.msnbc.com/local/wnyt/m264375.asp?0ct=-302&cp1=1 There's the MSNBC story...from Albany....local WNYT Channel 13... Apparently Channel 13 reported it back then..but didn't pay attention to the man arrested, because they were told it was "William Ritter"....and they did not recognize the name as being that of the weapons inspector "William Scott Ritter"...the station's mug shot had been archived too...obviously no NEW info can go out because of the sealed order...somehow at the time, guess the TV station never put two and two together til now. The Daily Gazette first reported over the weekend that Ritter -- whose full name is William Scott Ritter Jr. -- was arrested in June 2001. However, NewsChannel 13 reported in June 2001 about an arrest of a 39-year-old William Ritter of Delmar on charges he tried to lure a 16-year-old girl he met on the Internet to a Burger King in Menands. According to police, the intent of that meeting was so that she could watch him perform sexual acts on himself. At that time police said William Ritter was arrested before doing anything, but was facing multiple misdemeanor charges for trying to solicit an underage girl for sexual reasons.
7 posted on 01/21/2003 12:54:57 AM PST by MightyMax
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To: MightyMax
Thanks mightily!
8 posted on 01/21/2003 1:04:15 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: MightyMax
The news director said the 16-year-old girl had been lured by Ritter to meet him at the Burger King restaurant in Menands, N.Y., in order "to have her watch him have sex with himself."

I'll never get anything with "special sauce" on it again.

9 posted on 01/21/2003 1:04:58 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard; patriciaruth
He was just at the wrong restaurant, that's all....he was looking for the Mr. Happy meal...
10 posted on 01/21/2003 1:06:39 AM PST by MightyMax
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To: Lancey Howard
what we really need are those clever FReepers that can do photomontages....i see one now....Ritter...with a BK paper crown on his head.....or is it a dunce cap?
11 posted on 01/21/2003 1:08:20 AM PST by MightyMax
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To: Slings and Arrows
I guess that so many people told him go *bleep* himself that he decided to give it a try.

LOL!

12 posted on 01/21/2003 1:10:58 AM PST by Mr. Mojo (Raiders will WHOOP the Bucs)
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To: Slings and Arrows
in order "to have her watch him have sex with himself."

He's so full of himself, yeesh. Vain, vain, vain, and pervy.

I guess that's what made him a good weapons inspector, but we don't need those any more.

13 posted on 01/21/2003 1:13:20 AM PST by xm177e2
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To: xm177e2
Funny thing...in the WorldNetDaily story on the weekend, about anit-war leaders, that quoted Ritter at length -he says he's VERY concerned our troops in Iraq would face chemical attack! And that would prompt a nuke from us! Yet in the William Pitt book, he says it's ludicrous to think there are any chemical weapons left.."they'd all be SLUDGE" by now, he says.they have such a short shelf life...***TOXIC SLUDGE ATTACK!***
14 posted on 01/21/2003 1:17:15 AM PST by MightyMax
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To: JohnHuang2
The news director said the 16-year-old girl had been lured by Ritter to meet him at the Burger King restaurant in Menands, N.Y., in order "to have her watch him have sex with himself."

Yeah, that was my dream when I was 16...to meet a disgusting middle-aged wanker in BK.

15 posted on 01/21/2003 2:44:52 AM PST by NYpeanut (what were you thinking, scottie?)
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To: NYpeanut
Right now reportedly one of the inspectors is into bondage and pain and the whole S&M scene. Does anyone know his name? By the way, Burger King donated $100,000 to Rev. Jesse Jackson.
16 posted on 01/21/2003 3:05:27 AM PST by Dante3
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To: NYpeanut
LOL....new info...according to news reports, the way this whole thing became secret was....ritter was caught up in one sting, and let off WITH A WARNING...he THEN proceeded to get caught up in the same thing, THEN was arrested, THEN cut a deal with Asst. DA- to go to SEX OFFENDER COUNSELING and if he didn't do it again for 6 months, the record would be sealed... WTEN TV, ALBANY WTEN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Albany, is reporting that Ritter contacted the "teen-age girl" twice within a three-month period in 2001, and that he underwent court-ordered sex-offender counseling from a psychologist in New York's capital
17 posted on 01/21/2003 3:18:07 AM PST by MightyMax
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To: patriciaruth
The plot thickens... Albany Times Union Arrest wasn't first time police had eye on Ritter Police began investigating the 41-year-old Ritter, who lives in Delmar, in April 2001 after he tried to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, the source said
18 posted on 01/21/2003 3:22:36 AM PST by MightyMax
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To: Dante3
Jack McGeorge I think
19 posted on 01/21/2003 3:25:08 AM PST by MightyMax
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To: xm177e2
Mr. Ritter spoke at the university I work a a few months ago. Unfortunately, his appearance was on the last day of a three-day accreditation inspection, and neither I or anyone else in my department had the energy to go freep him. I still regret it.

FReegards,
Slings and Arrows

20 posted on 01/21/2003 9:24:59 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Force=mass*acceleration: It's not just a good idea, it's the law.)
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